The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-06-24T06:48:47Z AIRASIA IN THE RING WITH BOXING CHAMP MANNY PACQUIAO 2017-06-24T06:48:47Z airasia-in-the-ring-with-boxing-champ-manny-pacquiao SEPANG, MALAYSIA - 24 June 2017 - Nine-time world champion AirAsia will be flying boxing legend Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to Australia for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title defence. Pacquiao, the only boxer to have won titles in eight weight classes, will be defending his WBO welterweight title against Australia’s Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 2 July 2017. It will be his first defence of the title since winning it in a unanimous decision from American boxer Jessie Vargas in November 2016. AirAsia will fly Pacquiao and his team from their training camp in General Santos City in the Philippines to Brisbane on an Airbus A330 with special livery. The aircraft will feature an image of the Filipino boxer next to the Pacman and Pound-for-Pound logos. WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao said, “In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight. With this agreement forged with AirAsia, I am inspired to give it all I got. “Teaming up with AirAsia makes it more special because we have been accorded the respect of the fans. I have been called the People’s Champion and AirAsia is a world champion airline, and I’m extremely proud to be flying with the Asean world champions.” AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, “Manny is a huge inspiration to the Philippines and the whole of Asean. We want to show that this region makes world champions and no one is a better example of this Manny. Manny is like AirAsia, climbing to the top and staying there after all these years through blood, sweat and tears, and we are very honoured to be able to support him once again.” Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). *** END *** PHOTO CAPTIONS DSC03516 / DSC03564.jpg Manny Pacquiao with his wife Jinkee preparing to depart from General Santos International Airport for Brisbane. DSC03565.jpg Close-up of the special AirAsia Airbus A330 Pacman livery. About AirAsia AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers carried, services an extensive network of over 120 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards nine times in a row from 2009 to 2017. AirAsia was also awarded World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth consecutive year at the 2016 World Travel Awards, where it beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World's Leading Inflight Service. AirAsia launches new group booking system for travel agents 2017-04-03T00:55:21Z airasia-launches-new-group-booking-system-for-travel-agents AirAsia launches new group booking system for travel agents 03 April 2017 – Leading low-cost carrier AirAsia has today launched an enhanced group booking system for travel agents using the AirAsia SkyAgent and Corporate Account trade portals. The new, automated group booking system enables agents to check and book fares and ancillary add-ons for up to 50 passengers, as well as manage customer details and payment options. Agents registered for the AirAsia SkyAgent portal can also contact a dedicated support email address or their account manager for queries regarding bookings made via the SkyAgent portal. AirAsia is Asia's leading low-cost carrier, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and the US. It’s also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 ASEAN countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region. AirAsia was named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards and the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). ***ENDS*** For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 120 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and India, servicing a network stretching across Asia Pacific. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Lufthansa Technik selects OneStrand AIR – an Australian S1000D technical authoring platform 2017-03-16T02:42:28Z lufthansa-technik-selects-onestrand-air-an-australian-s1000d-technical-authoring-platform Absolute Data Group (ADG) continues to soar in 2017 with Lufthansa Technik announcing this week it is embracing OneStrand AIR for authoring technical documents to the ASD S1000D Specification (see announcement). OneStrand AIR is the first and only flexible cloud-based S1000D Common Source Database available globally. It utilises ADG’s R4i S1000D software as its platform for delivery to customers around the world. Lufthansa Technik will utilise OneStrand AIR to author technical manuals for its inflight entertainment and cabin management system nice®, with more projects to follow. The announcement comes hot on the heels of Virgin Galactic purchasing the R4i S1000D Software Suite for installation and use in-house (see announcement). Virgin Galactic is utilising the technology to create, manage and leverage technical information vital to the operation and maintenance of their human spaceflight systems. S1000D is the international specification for technical publications utilising a common source database. Developed over the past 20 years, S1000D has become a highly-regarded specification used globally across several sectors including defence, aerospace, transport and manufacturing. With an increase in the number of civilian and defence air component manufacturers requiring software that is S1000D compliant, ADG is reaping the benefits with more and more air programs selecting their joint venture company, OneStrand LLC, as their go to team. According to ADG CEO Tammy Halter, their ability to provide S1000D software in a flexible, hosted environment is positioning them as the industry leader, hence attracting high profile clients like Lufthansa Technik. “In an industry first, we are making access to S1000D solutions cheaper and easier with our new hosted platform OneStrand AIR,” said Ms Halter. “It is the first modular S1000D publishing suite offered as an online subscription service, enabling organisations to create, manage and deliver S1000D compliant technical information without the need to purchase software and infrastructure. “This enables individuals or teams to access and distribute content regardless of location while being supported by S1000D consultants, trainers and technicians. Other software suppliers can no longer hide behind exorbitant pricing often associated with working with S1000D data.” ADG plans to continue expanding in other verticals such as civilian shipping and rail manufacturing, where the S1000D specification is being increasingly used due to the benefits of data re-use; from design and engineering, through to training, maintenance, operations and parts management through-life. About Absolute Data Group (ADG) ADG is headquartered in Brisbane and was founded in 1997 as an SGML consulting business. Today ADG is recognised worldwide for its innovative and user-friendly S1000D software suite. About OneStrand ADG is a joint venture partner of OneStrand LLC, a full-service company offering hosted and installed S1000D software, authoring services and support to best manage critical technical content in the aerospace, defence and transport industries.    Embraer Phenom 300 Heading to Archerfield 2017-03-15T03:35:19Z embraer-phenom-300-heading-to-archerfield YOURJET Australia in conjunction with Embraer Executive Jets has confirmed that the Phenom 300 light jet will be stopping at Archerfield Airport on the 21st March as part of it’s Australian demonstration tour. This is the first time a factory Phenom 300 has been in Australia since 2010 and will be the first time the type has operated from Brisbane’s second airport. Launched in 2016, YOURJET Australia offers fractional shares in a fully managed ownership program and has selected the Phenom 300 for their fleet. The business model gives owners the ability to utilise any aircraft in the fleet, increasing their access to flights whilst keeping the cost of jet ownership affordable. The combination of low operating costs, exceptional performance and class leading interiors makes the Phenom 300 a perfect choice for fractional ownership. The Phenom 300 has been the standout success story for Embraer in recent years with the aircraft topping the business jet sales figures for the last four straight years. With over 300 aircraft now in service the Phenom 300 has proven its reliability and is a clear winner with light jet owners. Embraer and YOURJET Australia will be hosting private tours of the aircraft with people who are considering a jet purchase and want to see for themselves why the Phenom 300 is so successful. Anyone interested in viewing the aircraft should contact YOURJET Australia on 1300 598 538 by 14:00 17 March to arrange a time. AIRASIA X records first full year net profit since IPO of RM 230.5mil 2017-02-22T12:06:46Z airasia-x-records-first-full-year-net-profit-since-ipo-of-rm-230-5mil ​​ ​ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AIRASIA X RECORDS FIRST FULL YEAR NET PROFIT SINCE IPO OF RM 230.5mil 4Q16 MALAYSIA AIRASIA X FULL YEAR 2016 MALAYSIA AIRASIA X Revenue up 39% YoY Revenue up 31% vs FY2015 Passengers carried up 40% YoY Passengers carried up 30% vs FY2015 Capacity up 43% YoY Capacity up 22% Load Factor at 81% (down 2ppts) Load Factor up 4ppts YoY to 79% CASK down 11% YoY Operating Profit at RM276.0 million EBITDAR up 2% YoY Net Operating Profit at RM250.9 million Operating Profit up 14% Net Operating Profit up 34% Net Profit After Tax at RM230.5 million SEPANG, 22 FEBRUARY 2017 – AirAsia X Berhad (“AAX” or “the Company”) today reported its financial results for the Fourth Quarter (“4Q16”) and Full Financial Year ended 31 December 2016. AAX posted a quarterly revenue of RM1.17 billion, up 39% from the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of a 40% year-on-year (“YoY”) growth in the number of passengers carried to 1.38 million which was in line with the 44% Available Seat per Kilometer (“ASK”) capacity growth, allowing the Company to record a load factor of 81%. Average base fare was down by 4% to RM565 mainly attributed to increased frequencies to Australia and promotional fares offered on new routes. Revenue per Available Seat Kilometer (“RASK”) was down 3% YoY from 14.27 sen to 13.83 sen during the quarter under review. The marginal drop in RASK was due to the expected increase in capacity on core existing routes to grow market share, putting downward pressure on yields. However, the Company’s cost, measured in terms of Cost per Available Seat Kilometer (“CASK”), was significantly reduced to 12.88 sen from 14.50 sen during the same period last year, representing a drop of 11% YoY. The decrease in CASK was due to the Company benefiting from a lower average fuel price environment and improved utilisation of aircraft. During the quarter under review, the Company posted a robust operating profit of RM100.1 million (up 14% YoY) and net operating profit of RM100.7 million (up 34% YoY). Net Profit after Tax (PAT) stood at 39.0 million, down 80% YoY, due to an unrealised foreign exchange loss of RM93.2 million, owing to unfavourable foreign currency movements in 4Q16. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, “I am happy to announce the result of our continuous turnaround effort, contributing significantly to operational performance. We began 2017 on a positive note, with our first full year profit since IPO as we strengthen our business in core markets, especially China and Australia. It was a record-breaking year; we registered a strong operating profit of RM276.0 million and an exceptional net profit of RM230.5 million for the full financial year 2016, demonstrating a strategy that is working and which lays a solid foundation for sustainable growth going forward. We have the opportunity now to build on recent successes and accelerate our momentum in 2017.” “Malaysia AirAsia X (“MAAX”) has seen great capacity being injected in the fourth quarter to cater to rising demand for year-end holiday travel, as we seized the opportunity to invest substantial capacity to strengthen our leadership position in core markets. We believe will reap the benefits of this newly introduced capacity when it matures. Australasia routes continue to be MAAX’s highest revenue contributor at 36%, with 45% growth YoY on the back of higher passenger traffic due to increased frequencies into Australia; followed by China sectors.” “Thailand AirAsia X (“TAAX”) recorded lower operating performance mainly due to the short term impact on the tourism sector from the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Thai government's crackdown on zero-dollar tours from China. Nonetheless, the outlook for TAAX in 2017 remains positive as Thailand is a natural tourist hub with traditionally strong inbound and outbound track record. Meanwhile, Indonesia AirAsia X (“IAAX”) A330 services remain temporarily suspended as part of a network restructuring aimed at improving operational efficiencies at IAAX.” “Overall, 2016 has been a great year for AirAsia X despite the challenging environment, demonstrating the commercial viability of the long-haul low-cost model.” Malaysia AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail added, “It was a very good quarter and a great 2016 for AirAsia X. We made a significant statement with our first full-year profit since listing on the stock exchange.” “Revenue for the fourth quarter crossed the RM1 billion mark, up 39% YoY, as scheduled flights revenue increased by 35% YoY. Ancillary revenue increased by 37% YoY to RM188.1 million boosted by new ancillary products such as the Premium Red Lounge in KLIA2 and our refreshed Xcite inflight entertainment offering, on top of higher baggage and seat fees.” “Cost remains the Company’s priority. CASK was reported at 12.88 sen, a reduction of 11% YoY, while CASK ex-fuel stood at 8.68 sen, representing a 16% drop YoY. Other than higher staff costs due to an increase in compulsory operational staff headcount required to accommodate the large capacity injection, and higher aircraft fuel expenses in line with higher fuel consumption, other cost items remain within expectation.” On the balance sheet, Benyamin highlighted, “We ended the year with a stronger cash position, up 36% YoY, to RM422.0 million in cash and bank balances. As we have previously mentioned, the management monitors the Company’s net gearing level closely to ensure that is constantly at a healthy and comfortable level. As at end 4Q16, the Company’s total borrowings has reduced to RM1.16 billion, lowering the Company’s net gearing ratio to 0.69 times due to lower total debt and an increase in cash.” Commenting on the Company’s outlook, Benyamin said, “Operationally, we have been able to execute most of our turnaround initiatives which have contributed positively to our 2016 financial results. Moving forward into 2017, we will focus on strengthening our market leadership through a number of strategies, including further stretching our aircraft utilisation rate with more incremental frequencies on high-yield routes and new routes. As we foresee the industry’s challenging environment persisting owing to currency volatility, the Management will continue to look for avenues to mitigate forex risk via hedging. In addition, we look to reduce the impact of foreign exchange rates by intensifying sales from stronger currency markets such as the AUD to offset USD bills. We have also set targets to ensure the Company remains lean through various cost initiatives and to maximise the operational synergies between AirAsia and AirAsia X. With this, we have built a recognised brand, exceptional practices, extensive network and we believe AirAsia X is in the right position to fly even higher in 2017.” ***ENDS*** About AirAsia X AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that serves 23 destinations across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since commencing operations in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the World's Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.​ For further information please contact: Investor Relations: Hanif Idrose Ivan Alias Direct Line: (603) 8775 4549 Direct Line: (603) 8660 4600 Email: hanifidrose@airasia.com Email: ivanalias@airasia.com Communications: Mohd Fairuz Bin Abd Majid Direct Line: (603) 8660 4614 E-mail: mohdfairuzabdmajid@airasia.com For further information on AirAsia X, please visit the Company’s website:www.airasiax.com Statements included herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. In the event such risks or uncertainties materialize, AirAsia X’s results could be materially affected. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the inherent uncertainty of airline travel, seasonality issues, volatile jet fuel prices, world terrorism, perceived safe destination for travel, Government regulation changes and approval, including but not limited to the expected landing rights into new destinations. AirAsia X says 'Aloha' to Hawaii! 2017-02-11T06:59:07Z airasia-x-says-aloha-to-hawaii AIRASIA X SAYS 'ALOHA' TO HAWAII! Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu from as low as AUD$156* AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (middle) and AirAsia X Berhad CEO Benyamin Ismail(5th from right) jointly launched the airline's latest route to Hawaii in the presence of Representative Director and Co-CEO of Kansai Airports Emmanuel Menanteau (4th from right), Hawaii Tourism Japan Vice PresidentMitsue Varley (4th from left) and the incumbent Miss Hawaii Allison Chu (5th from left). OSAKA, 10 February 2017 – AirAsia X continues to lead the way with the launch today of its Hawaii route, the airline's maiden service to the US. The long-haul low-cost pioneer will operate a four times weekly service from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Honolulu, Hawaii via Osaka, Japan starting 28 June 2017. To celebrate the launch, AirAsia X will be offering fares from as low as AUD$156* from 11 to 26 February 2017 for travel from 28 June 2017 to 6 February 2018. During this offer period, guests wanting to travel in greater comfort can experience AirAsia X's award-winning Premium Flatbed from AUD$849*. From Australia, AirAsia X operates flights to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne (18 flights per week), Sydney (17 flights per week), Perth (14 flights per week) and Gold Coast (11 flights per week). Find these special introductory fares on airasia.com. Offer not available on AirAsia mobile app. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, "This is the game-changing destination we have all been waiting for. By connecting Asean and North Asia to the US with our world-class low fares offering, we will make it possible for those who could only dream of a vacation across the Pacific to take that trip.” "We wish to thank all relevant authorities and governments for their support. Their vote of confidence made today's unique route launch possible and we will continue to work closely with all parties to ensure we can connect more people through this flagship intercontinental route." Also present at the press conference today were AirAsia X Berhad CEO Benyamin Ismail,Representative Director and Co-CEO of Kansai Airports Emmanuel Menanteau, Hawaii Tourism Japan Vice President Mitsue Varley and the incumbent Miss Hawaii Allison Chu. Guests transiting in Osaka do not require a Japanese visa during the two-hour stopover, and can return to their seats on the flight after clearing security with any carry-on luggage or belongings. Guests can also make use of AirAsia's Fly-Thru service to connect seamlessly to Honolulu from other cities within AirAsia and AirAsia X’s extensive flight network with just one additional stop. Alternatively, guests who want greater flexibility in travel planning can opt for the Multi-City option, which allows them to spend a few days in Osaka (Japanese visa required) before travelling onwards to Honolulu. Hawaii, nicknamed the Paradise of the Pacific, is formed by eight islands located right at the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Famed for its stunning natural beauty and unique indigenous culture, this tropical paradise is the only US state located in the Oceania. Honolulu, the capital city, located on the most populous island O'ahu, is a modern city that boasts island charms, including the world-renowned Waikiki Beach, once the site of vacation homes for the kings and queens of Hawaii. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia). *One-way fares from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply.​ Subject to Japanese government approval. Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) via Osaka, Japan (KIX) Flight No. From To Departure Arrival Flight Schedule D7 001 KUL KIX 1400 hrs 2125 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 001 KIX HNL 2325 hrs 1230 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 002 HNL KIX 1600 hrs 2025 hrs Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat D7 002 KIX KUL 2200 hrs 0400 hrs Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun Note: All times listed are local unless otherwise stated. ***ENDS*** About the AirAsia X Group AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that serves 22 destinations across Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since commencing operations in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the World's Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Best Low-Cost Airline Premium Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.​ For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com Aussies Spread their Wings and Opt to Fly Long Haul 2017-02-07T06:41:35Z aussies-spread-their-wings-and-opt-to-fly-long-haul Australians are staying in the air longer with 80 per cent of travellers looking for international destinations that are a six or more-hour flight away, according to the latest data from Cheapflights.com.au.   In the last six months, almost four million locals searched overseas getaways, and this number is set to increase as over two million Australians are already looking for international flights in 2017 – 82 per cent selecting long haul destinations over short haul travel (18 per cent).   Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: “Long haul travel is no longer the bucket list adventure it used to be, with more and more deals now available and making it easier for Aussies to explore the world.   “This is largely driven by new airlines entering the market with aggressive pricing strategies aimed at gaining quick market share, forcing the opposition to also adjust their fares to compete.”   Despite ‘The Trump Factor’, the US consistently ranks as a top three long haul destination for locals, with return flights as low as $959.89 – making it a relatively affordable option. The findings also reveal long haul favourites like India and China are seeing a surge in popularity.   With the number of Aussies whizzing through time zones increasing, Cheapflights.com.au has collated its top tips for fighting the travellers’ curse – jet lag – pre, during and post-flight.   Before: 1.       West is best - According to experts, by travelling in this direction, you’re extending your day, rather than shortening it (and losing time). It’s easier to stay up later than get to sleep when your body is not ready to rest, so think about your route to maximise your experience. 2.       Choose your flight times - Taking flights during quieter times such as midweek, early morning or late at night (and avoiding school holidays) could help. Depending on the route and class of airline, you’ll have more air and space to stretch out. 3.       Are you a good sleeper? - Can you sleep on a plane or do you find it impossible to nod off – distracted by fellow passengers, in-flight entertainment and the constant drone of an aircraft cabin? It’s the disruption of your natural rhythm that leads to jet lag, so if you are a sleeper then take a night flight so you can maintain your normal routine. If not, fly during the day. 4.       Get the best seat you can afford - Clearly, business or first class with lie-flat beds, capsules or pods will give you a better chance of rest than the smaller seats in economy. Could you upgrade one way, or perhaps buy a seat with extra legroom or get a bulkhead seat? 5.       Have a stopover - On a long-haul flight, a stopover will be necessary. This is a good chance to stretch your legs, get some rest and acclimatise. Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong are popular and provide great jumping-off points for mini adventures too! 6.       Reset your clocks - A few days before you fly, and try to reschedule your bedtime by an hour or two.   7.       Hydrate - Drink lots of water before you fly to avoid dehydration and lay off the alcohol the night before. Experts also recommend about a litre per hour you spend in the air on top of drinks with meals. 8.       Check out the meal options - Choose carbs for a night flight if you’re planning on sleeping, or proteins to keep you awake and alert.   During: 9.       Reset yourself - As soon as you are on board, set your clock or smart phone to the time zone you are flying to. Start thinking as you would if you were already on holiday. It’ll help get you into the local mindset.   10.   Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz - If you’re going to sleep, eyeshades, earplugs, a pillow and warm blanket will all help. Maintain as much of your bedtime routine as you can, even changing your clothes. Tell your seat mate and the cabin crew that you’re going to try to catch 40 winks so you’re not disturbed.   After: 11.   Sleep - Have a power nap when you land. Try to keep it to 20 minutes so you don’t ruin your night time sleep. 12.   Stay hydrated - Drink water and avoid alcohol – again! 13.   Eat well - Refuel sensibly with lean proteins, a little fat and dark green leafy veg. 14.   Try to stay on schedule - If you’ve flown long haul for just a few days, stick with your home routines. If you’re on a longer trip, live as the locals do. 15.   Caffeine? Melatonin? Exercise? - A cup of coffee always helps to give a boost of energy! So does exercise, although don’t do it too close to bedtime. Many travellers swear by melatonin too, a sleep hormone that your body releases in the evening, letting you know that it’s time to rest.   For more information or to search for your next holiday, visit Cheapflights.com.au.  AirAsia announces 20% discount for all destinations 2017-02-07T01:50:22Z airasia-announces-20-discount-for-all-destinations Sydney, Australia - 7 February 2017 - AirAsia is offering a 20% discount for all destinations for travel from February through to July. Book now until 12 February 2017 for travel between 7 February 2017 and 31 July 2017 for low fares to all destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, China, Indonesia and many more. The discount applies to all bookings made through airasia.com, the AirAsia mobile app and AirAsiaGo. AirAsia BIG Members can also take advantage of the sale by redeeming flights using their AirAsia BIG Points. AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Siegtraund Teh said, "This offer is 20% off fares across both our short-haul and long-haul network - even for Premium Flatbed seats on AirAsia X. Through our low fares, more Aussies and Kiwis can now travel to exciting destinations within our extensive flight network, many of which are exclusively operated by AirAsia and AirAsia X. We hope this helps our guests shake off those January blues as they look forward to a spring getaway." Guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to ensure availability and to get the best - hot meals including one complimentary drink are available online from only $5.00. AirAsia is Asia's leading low-cost carrier, with an extensive network of more than 120 destinations in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa. It is also the only airline to fly direct to all 10 Asean countries, including some 60 unique routes in the region. AirAsia was named World's Best Low-Cost Airline for the eighth year in a row at the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards and the World's Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fourth straight year at the 2016 World Travel Awards. Keep up-to-date with AirAsia's latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). * Applicable only to base fare. Promotional fares not available during peak periods. Terms and conditions apply.​ ***ENDS*** For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia Group AirAsia, the leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia, services the most extensive network with over 100 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried over 330 million guests and grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 170. The airline is proud to be a truly Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across all Asean countries and beyond. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for eight consecutive years from 2009 to 2016. AirAsia is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the I-Checkit system to screen the passports of all prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. AirAsia X announces low fares to Wuhan, China 2017-02-01T04:56:06Z airasia-x-announces-low-fares-to-wuhan-china Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017. AirAsia X, the four-time winner of the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin and Premium Seat by Skytrax has launched daily flights from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Wuhan, China. Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan The new route utilises the Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a capacity of 377 seats inclusive of 12 award-winning Premium Flatbeds. From Australia, AirAsia X operates flights to Kuala Lumpur from Melbourne (18 flights per week), Sydney (17 flights per week), Perth (14 flights per week) and Gold Coast (11 flights per week). Benyamin Ismail, CEO of AirAsia X Berhad said, “I am thrilled to announce flights connecting Kuala Lumpur to Wuhan, which is exclusively operated by AirAsia X Berhad. Together with our short-haul affiliate AirAsia, we are the largest foreign carriers into China, and Wuhan will soon be a virtual hub for the AirAsia and AirAsia X Groups as it is set to receive 32 weekly flights coming from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Bangkok and Phuket. “China is a segment that continues to record encouraging progressive performance every year and will remain to be the focus in AirAsia X’s network expansion strategy. We are committed to maintaining the positive growth in this core market as well as developing innovative products and services to meet the discerning needs of our guests. We wish to express and to put on record our sincere gratitude to Malaysian and Chinese governments, tourism bodies and airport authorities who have rendered us tremendous support in facilitating our continuous growth in this key market.” Fares start from AUD$199* one-way for standard seats, and from AUD$563* one-way for the award-winning Premium Flatbeds, and they are available for booking now until 5 February 2017 at airasia.com for the travel period of 22 March to 28 October 2017. The AirAsia Group currently operates 409 weekly flights across 45 routes to 17 different destinations in China from various Asean cities. In just 2015 alone the airline groups have carried over 5 million guests in and out of China, making the airline groups the largest foreign carriers in China. AirAsia X’s short haul affiliate AirAsia Berhad (flight code AK) is currently operating a daily flight service to Wuhan from Kota Kinabalu, while Thai AirAsia operates double daily flights from Bangkok and daily flights from Phuket to Wuhan, total weekly flights to Wuhan currently amount to 28. Wuhan is the capital city of the Hubei province and the most populous city in Central China. This sprawling city is the gateway to many historical sites such as the Ancient Chibi Battlefield, also known as the Red Cliffs which was depicted the epic war during The Three Kingdoms dynasty; Enshi Grand Canyon, a natural site with unparalleled views; and the Yandi Shennong Mountain, one of the best preserved primeval forest zones in China. In the city itself, visitors can also marvel at the Yellow Crane Tower, an ancient tower which has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times but still maintains its old world charm; stroll along Wuchang lake - the largest lake within a city in China, or sample delicious Hubei cuisines for a complete Wuhan adventure. Keep up to date with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) to Wuhan, China (WUH) Flight No. From To Departure Arrival Flight Schedule D7 878 KUL WUH 1810 hrs 2320 hrs Daily D7 879 WUH KUL 0035 hrs 0535 hrs Daily *Fares quoted are for one-way travel only inclusive of taxes and fees. Terms and conditions apply. ENDS For media enquiries, please contact: Angely Cullerne PR & Communications Mobile: +61449169997 angelygrecia@airasia.com About the AirAsia X Group AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in the Asia Pacific region. The airline currently serves 22 destinations across Asia (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Xian, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Wuhan, New Delhi and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast), New Zealand (Auckland), the Middle East (Jeddah, Tehran) and Africa (Mauritius). AirAsia X operates a core fleet of 30 A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats. The airline has carried over 19 million guests since it commenced long-haul service in 2007. AirAsia X was awarded the "World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin" and "Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat" at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards for four consecutive years from 2013 - 2016. AirAsia group is the first airline globally to collaborate with INTERPOL to implement the ICheckit system to screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against information contained in the world police body’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. AirAsia X cleared to fly to the US 2017-01-24T19:08:33Z airasia-x-cleared-to-fly-to-the-us ​ ​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​​ AIRASIA X CLEARED TO FLY TO THE US A tribute to Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin: First Asian LCC to successfully secure US FAA approval SEPANG, 25 January 2017 - AirAsia X has received clearance from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to fly to the US. The airline is the first Asian low-cost carrier to secure approval to operate scheduled passenger flights to the US. The approval allows AirAsia's long-haul, low-cost sister airline to operate services to any destination within the US. AirAsia X is currently considering flights to several US states including Hawaii as part of its route expansion plans. AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun said, "This is a major milestone for AirAsia X. Our expansion up until now has concentrated on Asia, Australasia and the Middle East, and we are excited about our first foray into an entirely new market as we look beyond Asia Pacific." "I'm confident travellers will respond well to our award-winning service and the kind of connectivity we can offer with our Fly-Thru product. As part of our expansion plans, we are also looking to resume our very popular London route, and are working towards securing the necessary approvals." He added: "None of this would be possible without our Allstars, especially Group Chief Operating Officer Anaz Ahmad Tajuddin, who sadly passed away two weeks ago. We wouldn't be where we are today if he had not laid the foundations with his blood, sweat and tears, and his bravery in the face of cancer showed us the true meaning of strength. This is for you, Anaz." A pioneer in travel and technology, AirAsia offers a wide range of innovative products such as mobile app, extensive self-service options, inflight wifi, inflight entertainment, premium coffee, online duty-free shopping, Premium Flex and Fly-Thru. Fly-Thru allows guests to seamlessly connect to anywhere within AirAsia's wide network with just one stop at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Asia's No. 1 low-cost carrier hub - and other convenient transit hubs in Thailand and Indonesia, without having to pass through immigration and with their baggage checked through to the final destination. AirAsia Group boasts an extensive route network to over 120 destinations in Asia Pacific, including some 60 unique routes within the Asean region, and unmatched flight frequencies. AirAsia X introduces new Xcite Inflight Entertainment 2017-01-20T04:27:31Z airasia-x-introduces-new-xcite-inflight-entertainment AirAsia X introduces new Xcite Inflight Entertainment Pre-book the Xcite tab now via airasia.com KUALA LUMPUR, 19 January 2017 – Guests travelling on board AirAsia X (flight code D7) flights* will now enjoy an enhanced inflight experience with the introduction of the latest Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab which offers hours of entertainment with a wide range of content, high resolution touch screen device and an advanced audio technology right at the comfort of their seats. The Xcite Inflight Entertainment tab, which supports five languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese) is complimentary for all Premium Flatbed seats, while guests travelling on Economy seats will be able to pre-book the tab viaairasia.com for only RM49, or request for it while onboard at RM60. Benyamin Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad said, “We are continuously looking for ways to give our guests an enhanced travelling experience with AirAsia X. The all-new Xcite Inflight Entertainment which offers a wider range of content and an improved viewing device for a seamless viewing experience will definitely give our guests value for their money. The content will also be regularly updated to ensure our guests are getting the best quality entertainment when they travel with us.” Guests will be able to view popular Hollywood blockbusters, as well as other international and local movies, apart from TV shows; and listen to music, play games, browse magazines, and even shop while they fly as the AirAsia BIG Duty Free catalogue is also included in the tab. Visit airasia.com to view the complete and updated entertainment program list. The Xcite tab is a Huawei Mediapad 2 that comes with a 10.1” Full HD widescreen display, Harman Kardon audio technology for a richer acoustic experience and headset. To find out more and to keep updated with the latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, follow AirAsia on Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia). *The Xcite Inflight Entertainment will not be available for flights to/from Auckland, Jeddah and Kathmandu. ***END*** Xcite Inflight Entertainment Premium Flatbed Guests Complimentary Standard Seats (including Quiet Zone) Pre-book at RM49 only Onboard at RM60 (limited quantities available, so pre-book is encouraged) Australians Map Route to China 2017-01-19T00:53:16Z australians-map-route-to-china Droves of Australians are jetting off to the East with searches for travel to China more than doubling (52 per cent) in the last year, according to new data from Cheapflights.com.au.     Propelled by stronger tourism ties between Australia and China – with new routes[1] and the arrival of more Chinese airlines to Australian terminals[2] – Aussies are most likely (22 per cent) to spend half their annual leave (14 days) exploring this unique region.      Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said, “Since the announcement of a new service between Adelaide and Guangzhou, we’ve seen the city surpass Shanghai as Australia’s favourite Chinese destination.   “National searches to this sprawling metropolis have surged by 269 per cent year-on-year, with departures from South Australia increasing by 17 per cent.”   The growing access between the countries has also sparked greater competition, driving airfares down. For example, exploring the capital, Beijing, will cost Aussies 37 per cent less than in 2015. Sydney is the most affordable airport to depart from with return airfares from just $643, followed by Brisbane ($700) and Melbourne ($795).   “Getting to China will be more convenient and budget-friendly for Aussies in 2017. The new tourism partnerships also mean that the same is true in reverse – and we expect to see a steady increase in reciprocal travel numbers throughout the year.   “China is already Australia’s most valuable inbound tourism market, set to be worth $13 billion by 2020. And with the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, designating 2017 as the Australia-China Year of Tourism, the number of travellers and in turn, the economic benefit to the country, is set to skyrocket,” said Nathan Graham.   For more information about visiting China, visit Cheapflights.com.au.   ENDS    [1] 2016, Tourism Australia, Aviation (Tourism Statistics): http://www.tourism.australia.com/statistics/aviation.aspx [2] 2016, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Australia and China agree open aviation market: http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2016/December/dc209_2016.aspx Virgin Galactic chooses Australian software firm 2017-01-18T19:00:00Z virgin-galactic-chooses-australian-software-firm SOFTWARE FIRM ADG SKYROCKETS WITH VIRGIN GALACTIC WIN Absolute Data Group’s S1000D software to support Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight systems 19 January 2017— Whilst most small companies were taking a break over Christmas, Brisbane-based Absolute Data Group (ADG) was busy training Virgin Galactic staff in using its highly regarded technical publishing software, following the news they had secured the sought-after software contract. It was announced today that Virgin Galactic has selected OneStrand LLC – of which ADG is a joint venture partner – as their preferred supplier of S1000D technical publishing software, services and support. ADG’s R4i S1000D product suite will provide the technology required to create, manage and leverage technical information vital to the operation and maintenance of Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight systems. ADG’s CEO Tammy Halter said the company was thrilled to be supporting the Human Spaceflight program and working with such highly motivated staff. “The thrill of winning this contract is all about the trust that this young and highly innovative technology company has put in us, allowing us to work with them on their goals to deliver a safe human space program,” said Tammy. “Working with a customer that is so motivated towards the end goal of trying new things, and making things simpler and better for the average person, allows us to do the same with them.” Around 40% of ADG’s software users are based around civilian or military air programs and defence programs (land, air and sea) dominate about 65% of ADG’s business. Australian air programs utilising ADG’s software include Airbus’s ARH and MRH helicopters, Boeing Defence Australia for two projects and Virgin Australia who has utilised ADG software for operations documentation for the past ten years. Most customers use a similar configuration to what Virgin Galactic will use. However Virgin Galactic is taking it one step further by implementing one of ADG’s newest pieces of technology, the R4i CDMS. The R4i CDMS is a content distribution and management server which is similar to having their own ‘app store’ for distributing electronic publications to devices and pushing updates to users. Tammy believes ADG’s constant innovation helped to secure the Virgin Galactic contract, in addition to their supply of relevant customer reference sites, future capabilities and the combined ADG and OneStrand teams’ indepth understanding of Virgin Galactic’s complex requirements. “At a technology level, unlike many other vendors, we allowed the Virgin Galactic team to evaluate our software installed at their site. After a couple of days training, the team realised that our software was not only fast, but very flexible and extremely easy to use, with consistent functionality and usability across the product range.” With further high profile customer wins about to be announced (in February), Tammy believes ADG’s and the OneStrand US team’s success ultimately comes down to their combined teams. “Obviously smart technology is a good base and opens doors. But it’s not just about the technology. It’s about every individual in our business going above and beyond to demonstrate who we are and how we help our customers, from first enquiry through to training and support after installation.” Celebrating 20 years in business this year, ADG has changed significantly to what it once was. “ADG started as an Australian-only based consulting and training organisation for another company’s specialist software application. After monitoring customer requirements and researching international trends, we decided to take our first step into software development in-house a few years later,” said Tammy. “Today of course we build and deliver a complete software suite of tools compliant to S1000D and other associated specifications. Version 9 of our CSDB software was released just recently which demonstrates the robustness and longevity of our tools,” she said. “We’ve also been focusing on various technology support systems to ensure we can educate and support our worldwide partners, whilst also training, consulting and supporting customers worldwide directly out of our Brisbane office.” Being a female CEO in the male dominated areas of IT, defence, aerospace and transport, Tammy has also witnessed the massive shift in the acceptance of women in the industry over the past 20 years, from being treated as a ‘demo girl’, to witnessing more women starting successful ICT companies. “Today, particularly with apps and software being utilised to automate diverse industries, we are finding more people with great ideas for applications, starting companies. With those diverse backgrounds, rather than traditional developer backgrounds, we are finding more women starting ICT companies.” So what does the future hold for ADG? Tammy predicts the number of civilian and defence air projects will increase due to more civilian air component manufacturers requiring software solutions that are S1000D compliant. “We’re also making access to S1000D solutions cheaper and easier with our new hosted platform, OneStrand AIR. So our big focus this year will be assisting those civilian air component manufacturers with their delivery requirements via OneStrand AIR,” said Tammy. Not content to sit still, Tammy also plans to continue expanding in other verticals such as civilian shipping and rail manufacturing, where the S1000D specification is being increasingly used due to the benefits of data re-use; from design and engineering, through to training, maintenance, operations and parts management through-life. About Absolute Data Group (ADG) Absolute Data Group (ADG) is headquartered in Brisbane, Australia and was founded in 1997 as an SGML consulting business. Today ADG is recognised worldwide for its innovative and user-friendly S1000D software suite. www.absolutedata.com About OneStrand LLC OneStrand is a full-service company offering hosted and installed S1000D software, authoring services and support to best manage critical technical content in the aerospace, defense and transport industries. OneStrand is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with software development and operation locations in Brisbane, Australia; Oregon, USA; San Jose, Costa Rica and Hamburg, Germany. www.onestrand.com ### Media Contacts: Margot Furlonger, Holy Mackerel Group, tel 0422 548 323 or margot@holymackerel.com.au Tammy Halter, CEO, ADG, tel 3832 6888 or 0410 460 594, or thalter@absolutedata.com Coming soon: AirAsia Airvolution Hackathon (18-19 March 2017) 2017-01-16T23:47:20Z coming-soon-airasia-airvolution-hackathon-18-19-march-2017 SEPANG, 17 January 2017 - AirAsia is proud to announce its first open innovation hackathon, AIRVOLUTION 2017: Spearheading Innovation in ASEAN. AIRVOLUTION 2017 will be hosted at AirAsia's new RedQ headquarters in Sepang, Malaysia on 18-19 March 2017. 20 teams will go head-to-head to create new applications and tools to address a travel-related challenge to be revealed later. The event, sponsored by Microsoft, AirAsia Santan, AirAsia BIG Loyalty Programme, among others, is open to participants currently residing in any of the 26 markets covered by AirAsia's extensive network. These comprise Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Iran, Oman, and Mauritius. Registration for the event starts from now until 19 February 2017. Successful teams will be informed by 3 March 2017, and return flights will be provided for teams residing outside of Malaysia. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said, "Innovation is the lifeblood of AirAsia. We live and die by ideas, and this hackathon will provide the perfect environment for the best and brightest to explore new ideas. "This year marks the emergence of AirAsia as a digital airline, and I believe this event can spur the kind of radical, creative thinking that will ensure AirAsia remains on the leading edge." Solutions submitted during the hackathon will be reviewed by AirAsia's panel of technology and aviation experts, who will select the best one based on originality, scalability and execution. Winners will receive a cash prize, AirAsia BIG Points and free return flights to the AirAsia destination of their choice. To find out more, please visit airasia.com/airvolution. ***ENDS*** AirAsia named most influential airline in China at New Power of Travel Awards 2017-01-09T03:36:47Z airasia-named-most-influential-airline-in-china-at-new-power-of-travel-awards AIRASIA NAMED MOST INFLUENTIAL AIRLINE IN CHINA AT NEW POWER OF TRAVEL AWARDS BEIJING, 9 January 2017 – AirAsia has been named The Most Influential Airline in China at the 2016 New Power of Travel ​Awards held in Continental Hotel Beijing here on Friday 6 January 2017. The awards, hosted by Sina Travel and Youku Travel websites​, review the development and trends of the travel industry in China, and evaluate travel-related companies and products based on the content and readership by the more than 800 million users on both websites. The awards honour outstanding companies and products as voted by user​s, and provide travel guides towards airlines, hotels and destinations for travellers. Sina is the world's largest Chinese-language web portal, while Youku is one of China's top video and online streaming platforms. The awards committee noted that AirAsia had influenced​ free and independent travellers (FITs)​ in China with its young, passionate and creative brand image since entering the market, adding that, “AirAsia has also created lots of unique content and activities on social media, so now the concept of 'Now Everyone Can Fly' has become more influential in China."​ AirAsia President of North Asia Kathleen Tan said, "We would like dedicate this award to our 1.3 million Sina Weibo followers and 300 million guests. We have built our Chinese social media channels as a one-stop shop for anyone who loves to travel and wishes to interact with AirAsia. This award would not be possible without their strong interaction, feedback and support, and the fact that it signifies the approval of Chinese netizens makes it so much more important to us. "China is very important to AirAsia. It is an incredibly dynamic market and we have focused our efforts on pushing out the very best content on Chinese social media in order to deliver an even better travel experience to our fans in China. This includes information on where to find the best food, hidden gems and great travel destinations where amazing memories can be made. "In line with this, our team is working hard with travel tourism partners and local governments to bring the world to China and vice versa. We believe we have the power to open up new markets, not just as an airline but as a travel partner who inspires wanderlust, discovery and a new lifestyle." Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia).